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How to Watercolor Paint a Fashion Illustration

13 Jun

trans pants

I’ve heard people say that watercolor is scary. Well, let me tell you- when I first started sketching and painting, I couldn’t even get a stick figure right! Watercolor was my saving grace when I was first learning. It is so easy to manipulate and play with that you can just have fun and get really creative!

I love it so much better than markers because I can get the textures of fabrics to look more accurate. Also because my style is more lightweight than markers allow you to be. Watercolor allows you control over the contrast much more than marker.

Here’s what I used:

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Aris Blossom on Artist Management

20 Mar
Aris Blossom. President and Artist Manager at RPEG

Aris Blossom. President and Artist Manager at RPEG

When it comes to music artists, there are many aspects that MUST be done efficiently behind the scenes in order to keep the artist with a clear and focused mind to create. This is where an artist manager comes in. We caught up with Aris Blossom, President and Artist Manager at Rising Phoenix Entertainment Group (RPEG) with some questions about how she does what she does so well.

Me: Tell me a bit about yourself as a manager.

Aris: My name is Aris Blossom, I am the President and original founder of Rising Phoenix Entertainment Group (RPEG). Before I founded RPEG, I worked with various artists who were managed by other people, and assisted the artist in areas needed. However, Rising Phoenix Entertainment Group was founded on Sept 9th, 2010, so professionally, I have been managing artists for almost 3 years.

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Weekly Recap Photo Shoot, Halloween & Fall

4 Nov

This week has been so much fun!

I had a photoshoot last sunday with Edz Antoine (http://www.edz01.com), which was so awesome! He already had an idea and concept for what he wanted to do and asked me to bring 2 specific dresses. The studio he rented was near downtown Orlando. We worked with Christelsie Johnson- MUA and Lori Livingston- model. What an amazing team! Here are a few photos from the shoot!

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Graduation! Someone Bring ME a Trumpet!

9 May

For a while I wasn’t sure if I’d even attend my college graduation. I finished school in early February this year and took my sigh of relief back then. Not doing anything to really commemorate the moment, but simply continuing with my work and making new goals.

But after attending my graduation last Saturday with family and friends, it made me realize how important it is to recognize your own accomplishments.

My mother in law and I at my graduation

Think about the last time you failed at something or didn’t do your absolute best. I’m sure you beat yourself up about it and felt lousy for quite a while. It may have even set you back, even if just in terms of your mindset.

Since fear is one of the strongest emotions in human beings, failures tend to outshine and get more attention than accomplishments. Achieving goals or milestones should give us just as powerful of a feeling.

When you can recognize your accomplishments as well as set backs, you will paint a realistic picture of where you are in life and what the next step should really be.

Last post I mentioned that this is my season of no excuses. Part of that mantra includes not lying to yourself. You’re stronger than you think you are, and when you do things that prove it to yourself, don’t be modest. Harness that feeling of achievement. Think of that feeling the next time you hit a rough patch on the way to reaching your next goal.

Everyone’s path to their own personal best will be different. Your best chance of reaching your destination will be knowing the traveler (yourself) and the terrain (path/opportunities/direction) as well as possible.

Now everyone, raise your trumpets an march onward!

~A. Rozier

My College Review :Final Thoughts:

11 Feb

I have been trying to get around to doing this update blog for over a month now. My last college term has had me so wrapped up since November. I can’t believe it’s over! Wwoooooo.. I can breathe! Stages of life are strange. I never feel like I’m growing up. I remember looking at people who were older than me and not being able to imagine myself at that age. But then becoming that age, I don’t feel like I thought I would. It’s complicated and hard to explain, but I think everyone can agree that you certainly can’t predict what life will throw at you.

I honestly had no plans for college. I was intimidated. I thought that you had to be rich and extremely smart to attend a good school. Funny how someone else’s perception of something can be installed in you without your even realizing it. I am glad I went, but I don’t think college is for everyone. Most people are just working for a grade. They lose sight of why they are there.. or didn’t have good intentions in the first place.. and they get caught up in simply trying to pass. But then what? No one seems to think about what happens next. And the colleges, well mine at least, was only keen on preparing us for hourly, entry level positions with possibilities of working your way up. They never touched on how to start your own business. Yes, we had an entrepreneurship course. But if you didn’t go beyond what was required, you wouldn’t get a real grasp on what it means to run a business.

In my last term, it was the general consensus among my classmates that the last couple classes held the information that they needed the whole time. Being that they had been thrown into the fire in the end left them feeling unprepared and like they could have done better given more time to mull over what the last term was going to be like. I must admit I feel the same. Being that the last term includes doing your final portfolio, which is what you will take with you after college as a canvas of your abilities, there is already pressure and importance attached to the term. Not doing your absolute best feels heart shattering.. especially when you’re out of time. They seemed to feel like the school had held out the good stuff until the end, and just dragged us on with filler classes in the middle. Having such an overflow of requirements thrown at you in the end, especially when proper, thought provoking information was not given in the middle, left most people feeling intimidated about what might come from the real world. There could be several people to blame here. Whether it’s the business side of the school who will bring in anyone who will sign a loan contract, the teachers who don’t care enough to be 100% real with the students, the teachers who don’t know that they’re not being 100% real or accurate (not saying this includes all teachers) or the students who don’t care enough to push themselves further than what is asked from them (this does not include all students). Keep in mind that I am not bashing anyone. I still vouch that I am happy with my personal end results, these are just improvement suggestions, advice, and forewarnings.

Our economy is not in good shape. Corporations who pay minimum wage, source most of their supplies and manufacturing from other countries, and continually run out the small businesses will not put our economy back in good shape. Educating young, willing and able people to start new, small businesses will in fact do our economy the most good. Isn’t that what capitalism is supposed to be all about? But yet and still colleges continue to push the issue of molding us into some sort of ‘workbot’ to fill a slot that you will be in competition with 300 other trained graduates to get. I’m not campaigning against working. I understand the need for steady income. I’m saying that we should be aware of what we are paying tuition for, and to make sure that it gets put to the best possible use, while we are still able to do something we love. Personally, I know my tuition money was well spent. I tried to go above and beyond what was required, to get a full understanding of everything that was brought up and learn the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ behind everything, not just the ‘what’- as was taught. Getting the ‘why’ and ‘how’ allows you to test theories, and come up with new ones. That is the only way we will ever have true innovation and progression. I also was working on my business while I was in school. Putting theories to the test in the real world is one of the best ways to learn.

Since I am being blatant about what is bad, I will also be blatant about what is good. I feel that I should mention a few names of awesome instructors who really went the extra mile for me as a student. Sharon Smith, for her honesty and great advice, Daphne Dalge for being the best at what she does, and her extra advice on sewing, Kate Saccone (who was let go because she didn’t have a masters degree- another issue I won’t get into) for her blatant honesty and all around good leadership, Matthew Mercer for being determined and teaching in a creative fashion, and Laura Cox, just for being a super cool teacher. There are others, but I won’t go into an extensive roll call..

College is a touchy subject. I suppose in the end, it comes down to the student. What you put in is what you will get out. Don’t fall into a trap. Keep your integrity, and remember why you’re there. And remember that you will be on your own once your done. Besides the hands digging in your pockets for loan repayment! So there you have my summed up honest advice as a recent graduate if you are thinking of going to school.

Just a few quotes I found relating to the subject…

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. – Maya Angelou

College isn’t the place to go for ideas. – Helen Keller

College is a refuge from hasty judgment. – Robert Frost

A liberal-arts education is supposed to provide you with a value system, a standard, a set of ideas, not a job. – Caroline Bird

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. – Theodore Roosevelt

If you have a college degree you can be absolutely sure of one thing… you have a college degree. – Author Unknown

A liberal education… frees a man from the prison-house of his class, race, time, place, background, family and even his nation. – Robert Maynard Hutchins

The new appears as a minority point of view, and hence is unpopular. The function of a university is to give it a sanctuary. – Martin H. Fischer

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows. – J. Robert Oppenheimer

Standardization is the fertilizer of college education. A little may be useful, but flowers do not grow in pure manure. – Martin H. Fischer

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